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Eating Healthy in the New Year? American Express Tastemakers Dish on the Top San Francisco Restaurants for Grabbing a Healthy Bite
Date:1/25/2008

Tastemakers share tips on eating healthy while eating out in the New Year

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- For many Americans, better health tops the New Year's resolution list. But for the thousands of foodies in San Francisco, eating healthy while eating out is not always easy. Today, American Express issued its Tastemaker Index and in it, Tastemakers dish on some of the best San Francisco restaurants where diners can get a fresh, healthy meal to help them keep that New Year's resolution. The Tastemaker Index is a monthly alert which provides an insider's look at the hottest restaurants recently dined at and talked about on American Express Dish(R) (http://www.amexnetwork.com/thedish). Dish is a community web site dedicated to connecting people who love to dine out.

The Tastemaker Index reveals the Top Restaurants for Healthy Dining. These rankings are based on the number of charges made by Tastemakers at restaurants. While they don't account for a restaurant's size or hours of operation, they do reflect the dining trends of an exclusive group of food- loving Cardmembers.

SAN FRANCISCO: Top 5 Healthy Restaurants

RANK RESTAURANT

1. Pacific Catch

2. Zuni Cafe

3. Hamano Sushi

4. Hog Island Oyster Company

5. Greens

Source: American Express Dish Tastemakers

Tastemaker Picks

1. Pacific Catch (http://thedish.amexnetwork.com/restaurant/1623)

2027 Chestnut St., San Francisco, CA 94123, (415) 440-1950

-- Tastemakers frequent Pacific Catch for the "unusual menu," "fresh

salads" and "high quality, healthy food."

2. Zuni Cafe (http://thedish.amexnetwork.com/restaurant/1366)

1658 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94102, (415) 552-2522

-- Tastemakers turn to Zuni Cafe for its "classic California cuisine"

and "healthy staples."

3. Hamano Sushi (http://thedish.amexnetwork.com/restaurant/1522)

1332 Castro St., San Francisco, CA 94114, (415) 826-0825

-- Hamano Sushi is known among Tastemakers for "the freshest and best

sushi in town," and a "guaranteed healthy meal."

4. Hog Island Oyster Company

(http://thedish.amexnetwork.com/restaurant/1629)

1 Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA 94111, (415) 391-7117

-- Tastemakers turn to this well-known Oyster bar for "the freshest and

healthiest seafood dinner in town."

5. Greens (http://thedish.amexnetwork.com/restaurant/1250)

Building A, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA 94123, (415) 771-6222

-- Known as the "premium veggie restaurant in San Francisco," Greens

promises a healthy meal with a great view for its customers.

More on Dish

What Dish provides that is unlike any other dining resource is the web's most robust combination of dining offers, information and insights, including peer restaurant ratings, expert picks and instant reservations among other features. Available in San Francisco and New York, Dish is an ongoing platform, allowing diners to tap into the insights of a diverse group of passionate Cardmembers and celebrity foodies, better known as the Dish Tastemaker community.

In addition to the existing features and offers on the site, Tastemakers are encouraged to come back often to check out new offers from Dish. San Francisco Dish's latest promotion called "Table for You" awards gift certificates and reservations at some of the city's most exclusive restaurants. American Express posts a featured restaurant and asks a thought- provoking question such as "which menu item inspires your imagination?" Tastemakers with the most compelling submission win a $400 gift certificate from the featured restaurant. Check out the Table for You contest by clicking on the banner on Dish's San Francisco homepage (http://thedish.amexnetwork.com/SF) and find new restaurant gift certificates to win in upcoming weeks.

"The Table for You contests are just one way American Express Dish provides Cardmembers with first-rate access to the hottest restaurants in San Francisco," said Penni Berns, vice president, Network and Merchant Marketing. "Not only do Tastemakers benefit from American Express' restaurant rankings and fellow Tastemaker feedback, they can also take advantage of special offers and discounts available only on Dish."

American Express Dish is currently available in San Francisco and New York City. To become a Tastemaker and start dishing, go to http://www.amexnetwork.com/thedish. Tastemaker participation is open to all U.S. consumers with American Express-branded cards. For official rules on the Table for You contest, please go to http://thedish.amexnetwork.com/SF/promos/rules.action.

About American Express

Merchant Services is the merchant network of American Express, which acquires and maintains relationships with millions of merchants around the globe, which welcome American Express-branded Cards. American Express Company is a leading global payments, network, travel and banking company founded in 1850.


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